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Julie WoskEdit

Julie Wosk is Professor of art history, English, and studio painting at the State University of New York, Maritime College in New York City. She is the author of three books, variously on issues of technology and gender in visual culture. She was the curator and writer of the exhibit "Alluring Androids, Robot Women, and Electronic Eves" which was first held at the New York Hall of Science from June-September 10, 2006 and was also shown at The Cooper Union in New York in 2008. Wosk has degrees from Washington University in St. Louis, Harvard University, and the University of Wisconsin. She has twice been a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow in art history, and received early studio art training at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago and the Parsons School of Design in New York.

Women and the Machine: Representations from the Spinning Wheel to the Electronic Age [2001]Edit

Women and the Machine is a large scale overview of representations of women and technology. Starting roughly in the 19th century, Wosk reviews images of women with wired fashions, bicycles, cars, airplanes, electricity and during wartime. The book vaguely describes certain tropes of female representation, but the arguments tend to float back and forth between images that assert women's competency vs. images the assert her technological incompetance. The book draws from a wide range of image, poems, books and historical data across the U.S., England, France and Germany, and in that sense paints with broad strokes. However, the lack of geographic, technological and medium specificity prevents larger scopic claims from explore within discrete contexts.

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